Definitions

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  • n. Language; tongue.
  • n. A national tongue (in contrast to a foreign language).
  • n. The speech of a person or class of persons; form of speech; talk; utterance; manner of speaking or writing; phraseology; diction.
  • n. A strain in a rhyme, song, or poem; refrain; flow.
  • n. A constant or repeated line or verse; theme.
  • n. Patter; rigmarole.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A caldron; a copper kettle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete form of lead.
  • An obsolete form of lead.
  • n. An obsolete form of lead.

Etymologies

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From Middle English leed, lede, shortened variant of leden ("language"), from Old English lēoden ("popular or national language, native tongue"), from Old English lēod ("poeple, nation"). Cognate with Scots leid ("language"). More at lede.

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